Microchip Terror doesn’t waste any time in hitting you fast and hard with their mechanically-charged brand of industrial dark synth. Right off the bat with their opening song, “Targeted for Termination,” they have your ears in their sights as they hammer heavy beats directly into your brain like a headphone infused drill press. With a little vocal sampling from “The Terminator,” you almost get the sense that you are in a future war with killer robots; it’s the song to the tech-apocalypse.
The assault on your senses doesn’t stop with the next song, “Relentless Bug Hunt,” as the tracker from “Aliens” masterfully transitions into the song itself. With further “Aliens” vocal sampling peppered throughout, you can almost feel yourself being overrun on LV-426, and it’s game over! Game over, man!
The next song, “Cyber Tyrants,” I would say slows it down just a little bit compared to the first two, but in context that’s like saying you dialed it down to ten from eleven. It’s a bit more methodical in it’s design, not unlike that of a robot doing deadly calculations, with slow and brooding synths giving rise to a pulsating beat before melting your face with a killer guitar solo courtesy of Electric Dragon. It is without a doubt my favorite track on here.
Rounding out the last two tracks on the album are a SurgeryHead remix of “Targeted for Termination,” which is much more ambient and subdued but just as deadly in execution, and a cover of Fabio Frizzi‘s “Apoteosi Del Mistero” from City of the Living Dead. As a huge fan of Lucio Fulci, and the music in his films, I really loved this cover and even found it to be a bit of an improvement over the original! It’s far more darker, sinister, and evil in this version and my hat is off to Microchip Terror for nailing this one. I’d happily pay to hear more Italian horror movie soundtrack covers! While you can pay whatever you want for this album, even free, I implore you to pay at least a buck or two and even more because Microchip Terror certainly deserves any and all support you can give.